Animal Shelter

"To promote a safer community through responsible animal ownership and humane care."Puppy

About Us

The Middlesex County Animal Shelter is Middlesex County’s only open-access municipal shelter.  We take in stray animals in need, owner surrendered canines when the owner is no longer willing or able to care for them, and animals who have been seized or taken into custody by Animal Control. 

We accept all canines from Middlesex County who are in need of care, regardless of health, age, temperament, or history. Middlesex County Animal Shelter does not euthanize for space or length of time, and all adoptable animals are given every opportunity for a new home and family. We have an incredibly compassionate staff, and we also have vibrant and active volunteer and foster programs. We know that every animal who enters our shelter will be given the best care and shown boundless love while they are in our care, and while they wait for their forever family to adopt them. We are very proud that, since 2010, our positive release rate has been over 90% each year!


You can view our animals ready for adoption.  Learn more information about adoption at Petfinder.

Volunteer Opportunities

Get your Volunteer Application (PDF) and be sure to view the Volunteer Guidelines (PDF). Return completed applications by mail, fax, or email to the Animal Shelter, or bring it in person!  

No more squeaky toys.   Thank you all for your past donations to our shelter.  However, due to multiple incidents in the past week, effective immediately, stuffed dog toys and toys with squeakers can no longer be used by Middlesex County Animal Shelter.  Any item that can be a choking hazard, including any leather type item like rawhide, cannot be accepted.  Our dogs will only be able to play with Kong-type toys, and we welcome them as donations.  

Can't volunteer, but still want to help? Check out our amazon wish list.

Animal Control 

Animal Control in Middlesex County is handled by the Middlesex Sheriff's Office. Animal Control is responsible for maintaining proper humane care and treatment of all animals within the county while supporting all other local and state public safety and health agencies. Our goal is to protect the citizens of Middlesex and the Town of Urbanna, their pets, livestock, and the surrounding wildlife.

Animal Control responds to calls every day, including nights, weekends and holidays.  They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, handling all types of calls, including emergencies.  The following situations would constitute an emergency:

  • Animal bite to a person
  • Animal threatening bodily harm
  • Injured animals
  • Livestock or poultry kills
  • Possible rabid animal

In the event of an emergency, please call 804-758-2779.